RUPP AND DIBABA ARE WINDY CITY WINNERS
Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago, October 8
GALEN RUPP became the first US men’s winner since 2002 when he took victory in 2:09:20.
The 31-year-old surged clear of his rivals with three miles to go as he beat 2016 winner Abel Kirui of Kenya by 28 seconds with another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, third.
Kenyans had won 13 of the past 14 men’s races in Chicago, with the only other win coming from an Ethiopian. But Rupp broke the East African dominance as he became the first American to triumph since Moroccan-born Khalid Khannouchi took the race in 2002.
Rupp, the London Olympics 10,000m silver medallist and training partner of Mo Farah, had been content to sit in during a slow, tactical men’s race as some of the leading contenders like world record-holder Dennis Kimetto and former Chicago winner Stanley Biwott fell by the wayside.
“It’s incredible. I trained so hard, day in day out, so to win a big race like this in a special place which is where my dad grew up, words can’t describe how good it feels,” Rupp said.
“I’ve made the mistake in the past of going too hard, too soon. So I wanted to wait as long as possible here – the longer the better – and when I went I knew I had to put the hammer down, be decisive and go for the finish,” the Alberto Salazar-coached runner added.
His finishing speed was exceptional as his 14:25 from 35km to 40km and his 6:12 from 40km to the finish were the fastest ever seen in Chicago and amongst the fastest in any race in history.
The women’s race was in stark contrast to the cagey men’s race as the female runners held a strong pace from the start in the 40th anniversary of the event.
Tirunesh Dibaba proved strongest, though, as the Ethiopian broke clear and ran the final miles alone to clock history’s sixth fastest time of 2:18:31. Her PB is 2:17:56. Her 6:55 last 2195m is one of the fastest ever finishes.
The Ethiopian’s top three performance average is now 2:19:01, third behind Paula Radcliffe’s 2:16:48 and Mary Keitany’s 2:18:19
“I ran without a pacemaker for the whole way and to set a world record you usually need pacemakers. But the course is very good and I’m pleased to win,” said Dibaba.
Behind, Brigid Kosgei of Kenya was second in 2:20:22, while American Jordan Hasay was third in 2:20:57 as she went No.2 on the US all-time rankings behind Deena Kastor and ran the fastest American time on US soil.
The top 10 performance average for Chicago is now 2:19:45 and the second fastest behind London’s 2:18:26.
Tatyana McFadden took her eighth women’s wheelchair race victory in Chicago while Marcel Hug successfully defended his men’s wheelchair title.
Sammi Kinghorn of Britain clocked 1:43:52 in her marathon debut for fifth in the women’s wheelchair race.
Men: Mar: 1 G Rupp 2:09:20; 2
A Kirui (KEN) 2:09:48; 3 B Kipyego (KEN) 2:10:23; 4 S Lemma (ETH) 2:11:01; 5 S Sambu (KEN) 2:11:07;
6 K Matsumura (JPN) 2:11:46; 7 E Chebii (KEN) 2:12:12; 8 Z Tadese
(ERI) 2:12:19; 9 C Derrick 2:12:50; 10 M Shelley (AUS) 2:12:52; 45 PAUL PIPER 2:27:07; 59 MATTHEW SHARP 2:29:19; 61 LUKE BEEVOR 2:29:25; 65 MICHAEL HISCOTT 2:30:24; 106 PAUL GAIMSTER (M40) 2:36:04; 143 TOM BRIAN 2:39:24; 145 SHAUN LYON 2:39:30; 178 JAMES BOSHER 2:41:33; 232 ANDREW LOW (M45) 2:44:34; 260 ALEXANDER BETTS 2:46:22;
273 JOSHUA ARTHUR 2:46:56; 310 ANTHONY FRYER (M40) 2:48:33; 332 ANDREW POWELL (M40) 2:49:02; 335 MARTIN HEWETSON (M40) 2:49:06; 336 ANDREW PENFOLD (M40) 2:49:06; 358 JAMES FISHBURN 2:49:40;
377 MATT HALL (M45) 2:50:41;
499 JONATHAN RATCLIFFE (M50) 2:53:58; 564 STEPHEN LAMB (M45) 2:55:20; 596 BRUCE RAINFORD (M45) 2:55:54; 926 STEPHEN PLUMMER (M55) 2:59:56. 1 T Dibaba (ETH) 2:18:31; 2 B Kosgei
(KEN) 2:20:22; 3 J Hasay 2:20:57; 4 M Perez (MEX) 2:24:44; 5 V Kipketer (KEN) 2:28:05; 6 L Weightman (AUS) 2:28:45; 7 M Krifchin 2:33:46; 8 A Grey 2:34:25; 9 T Ward 2:35:27; 10 B Wade 2:35:46; 43 FIONA BRIAN 2:48:47; 63 CHARLOTTE FIRTH 2:54:03; 126 KATE OWENS (W35) 3:03:33; 138 WENDY WEBBER (W35) 3:04:47; 207 TRACEY ASHALL (W40) 3:11:11; 211 HELEN NUTTALL (W35) 3:11:23; 367 ANDREA BANNER (W45) 3:19:36; 468 KATHERINE SARGEANT (W45) 3:23:32
Galen Rupp (right): won battle with
Tirunesh Dibaba: 2:18:31 victory